Boys Volleyball Heads Into Playoffs

Sam Schmid, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Boys volleyball is going into their playoffs this upcoming week, a last step in their revival season.

Boys volleyball was discontinued this past year due to an insufficient number of students trying out for the sport. 

Led by Coach Jeff Dow, the boys volleyball team will face a very tough matchup with Kimberly next Friday.

This isn’t the first time the Tritons have gone up against Kimberly, however.

Since most schools in or around Green Bay don’t have a boys volleyball, the team has had to travel to play tougher, more competitive schools like Kimberly and Appleton North.

“The conference that we are in is very difficult, but I think it’s good to play better teams rather than crushing weaker teams,” said Tom Zakowski, a junior on the team.

Coach Dow has his own personal experience with the game, playing Division 1 in college and going on to play in pro leagues.

Dow has coached collegiate teams as well, but ended up in Green Bay as a result of his wife’s  working for the Packers.

Although the boys volleyball team hasn’t won a conference game, their hopes are still high.

“Our record may not show it, but we’ve made tremendous progress over the course of the season,” said Zakowski.

Cooper Bukowski, a junior for the team, has had a breakout season, recording the most kills on the team.

Captain Issac Johnson, a junior who plays libero, and Will Crown, have also been key contributors for the 2019 season.

“They have really played well for us this year, trying to keep us in games,” said Tommy Tressler, one of the few seniors on the team.

“While they might not be the best, they give off good energy. This whole school could use that energy. It’s a great atmosphere at the games,” said Garrett Grzesk, an avid supporter of the team.

Boys volleyball gets many unique opportunities as well, including scrimmaging the women’s volleyball team and having a tournament in Racine, Wisconsin.

For anyone that thinks about volleyball for next season, Tressler says to treat it as any other sport.

“People should come in with a serious mentality and be open-minded about the sport as well,” said Tressler.